A stable will do

Daily reading: Luke 2:1-20
Friday, December 30, 2016

Focus passage: While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby.  She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guesthouse. Luke 2:6-7
When I was in Nicaragua the second time, our team stayed in someone’s home up in the mountains of the cold climate rainforest.  And it was not a usual American home; it was the home of a farmer that had a kitchen and a stable on the ground floor and then a guest room and private bed room on the second floor.  We along with our hosts and their very large pigs all slept under the same roof.
I keep this image in mind when I read this story.  I prefer to think that the holy family, while arriving late and finding the guest room already occupied, were still welcomed in, room was made under the same roof, in an overcrowded home.
And so the stable will do. 
I keep this image of smelly animals and the laughter of children and the smell of spices mixing with vegetables and meat over the fire, of laughter and hushed conversation, of visiting shepherds, making even more room for more guests. 

Prayer: Incarnate God, may I make room for your presence in my words and actions today.  Amen.

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